After I clear our dishes and put them in the dishwasher, it’s finally time for coffee!! This is seriously one of the best parts of my day and I love enjoying my morning cup of coffee each day.
It’s all a whirlwind of go, go, go and I try to get as much done as possible so that I don’t have to work past 3 p.m. when my mom leaves. Of course, there are also lots of times (like yesterday and this specific post) where I’m up in my office late at night to finish up a blog post after the kids go to bed. *I finished at midnight!!!
3 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
I’ll be sharing more work from home tips for you in a future post, but my top 3 are these:
1. Get showered and dressed. You’ll feel better and be more productive if you’re freshened up and not working in your pajamas.
2. Set work hours. It’s surprisingly easy to work round the clock when you’re in charge of yourself, but setting strict work hours helps you get more done in the set time and leaves you with non-work time so you can be with your family, rest, and just be “off” work.
3. Use a productivity timer
. I use this app
that sets a 25-minute timer and I work on ONE task for those 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. Usually, for those 25 minutes, I’m writing a blog post or editing photos for a blog post. On average, one blog post can take 4 hours just to write and input photos so I need to focus and set aside any distractions so I can get the work done. If an email pops up or an idea or reminder comes to my mind, I jot it down on a notepad next to me and then during the 5 minute breaks, I’ll work on those little things. This has made a huge impact espeically if there’s some task I’m procrastinating on, I tell myself, “just get started for 25 minutes” and often I get in a groove and it’s done before I know it!
I don’t miss meals! And because Jordan is on such a good routine, I usually head down to make lunch for us around 11:45 and we eat at noon.
For lunch, I usually eat leftovers or make something super quick and easy.
Once in awhile, I’ll make a point to have lunch out with friends because, as wonderful as working from home is, it can also be lonely and isolating. There’s no water cooler chit chat or that coworker to drop by your desk for an afternoon conversation. You really have to make an effort to get out and interact with people and not become a hermit!
After lunch, if I’m feeling like I need a pick me up, I might run and go grab a Vietnamese Iced Coffee. So yummy and it definitely gives me that jolt to get through the afternoon.
But, I have to be careful not to have too much caffeine too late in the day or I won’t be able to fall asleep, so sometimes I opt for an iced tea. I order it black and add half a splenda.
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Usually, it’s back to work until 3, when my mom leaves and I have to go get James from school.
PICK UP JAMES
At 3:00, we always walk my mom to her car and then walk and hang outside for a bit before going to pick up James from school. It’s a great transition from work mode to mom mode and everything seems to slow down when you get outside. Jordan is fascinated with everything and such an explorer. But often I’m chasing way behind her because she’ll take off running and the girl is fast!
I just love watching her cute little legs and body run around! And again, Nordstrom is killing me with the adorable clothes. I mean, teeny tiny Adidas?!?! Are you kidding me??!! I’m crazy for the Baby Boden
line they carry. That’s the brand shirt she has on. The quality is really good and they have such a soft color palette of darling clothes for both girls and boys. Have you seen their overalls
It’s not too bad, but if Jordan is getting fussy in the pick up line, I’ll play kids songs and that usually pacifies her. We get home around 4:00 and James hangs out, eats a snack, and eventually starts his after school chores and homework while Jordan goes down for a late afternoon nap. I think she’ll be transitioning to one after-lunch nap soon, but right now she’s still on two.
I start making dinner around 5 and we eat around 5:30- I know, super early birds, but we blame it on the baby. Lately, Jordan’s been super clingy at this time of the day, so sometimes I play with her and my hubby cooks. After dinner, we might do a quick play outside at a nearby park to get all the crazy kid energy out before it’s time to start the bath and bedtime routine.
I had a major #momfail last week when we got so much rain and I realized Jordan didn’t have any rain boots. Ever since I got my own pair of Hunters last year (and did a comparison of Uggs & Hunters
), I’ve been the biggest fan, and I get so many opportunities to wear them, so I knew Jordan needed a pair. Hers arrived a few days ago and they are perfect! It was hard to narrow down the color, but I chose pink high-gloss
Jordan gets a bath at 6:30ish and then we wind down in her room with reading and then it’s bedtime for her between 7-7:30.
After that, I’m pooped
and usually sit my booty on the couch and watch TV with my hubby. James goes to bed at 8:30 and that’s usually when I’ll post an evening Instagram
and watch tv shows that are inappropriate for James. #realhousewives
If I’m getting up at 5:30, I need to be in bed by about 9 and hopefully, asleep by 9:30. I love to read to unwind and I just started listening to podcasts, so those help get me into bed as opposed to sitting on the couch watching tv.
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